Less county residents found jobs in June than in May, according to recent data released by the Virginia Employment Commission.
VEC’s data show’s Halifax County’s unemployment rate increased from 8.3% in May to 8.4% in June, which compares to 4.2% a year ago.
In June, 14,284 county residents were employed out of a total workforce of 15,591 with 1,307 people continuing to look for work.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.6 of a percentage point in June to 8.4 percent, which is 5.6 percentage points above the rate from a year ago.
Nationwide, 142,811,000 people out of a total workforce of 160,883,000 were employed, while 18,072,000 people continued to look for work in June.
A total of 3,984,625 Virginians were employed out of a total labor work force of 4,356,400 with 371,775 Virginias looking for work in June.
Even though the county’s unemployment rate slightly rose in June from May, for most neighboring localities it dropped from May to June.
Charlotte County’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.8% in May to 7.1% in June.
Campbell County’s jobless rate dipped from 8.4% in May to 7.8% in June.
Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate decreased from 9.2% in May to 8.7% in June.
Henry County’s jobless rate dropped from 10.5% in May to 9.6% in June.
Pittsylvania County’s unemployment went from 9.1% in May to 7.9% in June.
Danville City’s jobless rate decreased from 12.7% in May to 11.8% in June.
According to household survey data in June, the labor force grew by 15,934, or 0.4%, to 4,322,244, as the number of unemployed residents declined by 25,237.
The number of employed residents increased by 41,171 to 3,957,935.
Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which fell to 11.1%.